Mastermind journey over for Polmont man

John Savage pictured before the Mastermind grand final
John Savage pictured before the Mastermind grand final

A salesman’s bid to become Britain’s brainbox on Mastermind ended in defeat on Friday.

John Savage from Polmont had won his previous two rounds to reach the prestigious grand final, which was aired on BBC2, but fell at the final hurdle.

The 53-year-old, who works at Scott Direct in Grangemouth, came fifth out of six contestants in a disappointing but brave performance, scoring 20 points - five behind eventual winner Aidan McQuade from South Armagh, Northern Ireland.

John’s tricky specialist subject for the final was 1970s UK chart music. He became the first person ever to answer questions on Celtic Football Club as a choice in his first round, followed by Nazi Germany in the semi-final.

Despite the final originally being filmed back in December, John is still smarting from the defeat, but is considering another shot at the title.

He said: “I was decidedly unhappy after the final, my family can testify to that. I don’t like coming second, never mind fifth.

“I got questions wrong that I shouldn’t have, but that’s the way it is. It is something I’ll always remember though and can always say that I’ve done it. It’s not something you do every day.

“I can enter again but I don’t know if I’ll do it. I have thought about it and there’s four or five subjects I could choose.”

John also said his son Andrew (14) could be a future contender.

He added: “He was interested in doing the junior one but they don’t do it anymore. I think he’s more than capable of doing it and holding his own.”